Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

In the simplest words possible, I'm a die-hard meatatarian (if that word even exists). Since I was little, I have pretty much despised all things that had to do with veggies other than corn and a few others- mushrooms, cucumbers, and carrots, and when I did eat them I only ate them fresh, meaning I hate cooked carrots and cooked broccoli- I'm weird, I know.

Even now, I find it hard to eat certain meals that center around vegetables even though most of my family and friends have grown accustomed to my picky food preferences. One night when cooking dinner with our friends Ryan and Rachel, Ryan prepared the absolute BEST green beans I have ever tasted so a few weeks ago when Rory and I decided to cook a gourmet dinner for my parents, we decided to include these as one of our delectable sides. The recipe is easy and OH SO GOOD!

Ingredients
4 servings of fresh green beans from your local produce area at the market (usually about 3 or 4 beans per bunch per person)
Minced garlic (the kind in the can is what I used)
1 bottle of Catalina French dressing
1 package of bacon (any kind will do- if you're dieting, try turkey bacon as a substitute)
Salt and pepper
Directions
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees
*Wash the green beans and drain excess water using a colander
*Mix 1/2 of the bottle of french dressing, 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, and toss green beans in a mixing bowl as a marinade
*Individually wrap 1 piece of bacon around 3 green beans creating little "bunches of beans"
*Place bunches on cookie sheet and sprinkle with salt/pepper and then drizzle each bunch with French dressing
*Bake at 350 degrees for 11-14 minutes and then serve warm

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